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F Mr. RICHARD DUKE I can find

few memorials. He was bred at Westmioster* and Cambridge*; and Jacob relates, that he was some time tutor to the duke of Richmond.

He appears from his writings to have been not ill qualified for poetical compositions; and being conscious of his powers, when he left the university, he enlisted himself


the wits. He was the familiar friend of Otway ; and was engaged, among other popular names, in the translations of Ovid and Juvenal. In his Review, though unfinished, are some

* He was admitted there in 1670; was elected to Tri. nity College, Cambridge, in 1675; and took his Master's degree in 1682. N.


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vigorous lines. His poems are not below meá diocrity ; nor have I found much in them to be praised *.

With the Wit he seems to have fhared the diffoluteness of the times: for some of his compositions. are such as he must have reviewed with deteftation in his later days, when he published those Sermons which Felton has commended,

Perhaps, like some other foolish young men),

be rather talked than lived viciously, in an age when he that would be thought a Wit was afraid to say his prayers ; aud whatever might have been bad in the first


of his life, was surely condemned and reformed by his better judgement.

In 1683, bei:ngthen master of arts, and fellow of Trinity College in Cambridge, he wrote

* They make part of a volume published by Tonfun in 8vo. 1717, containing the poems of the earl of Roscommon, and the duke of Buckingham's essay on poetry ; but were first published in Dryden's miscellany, as were most, if not all, of the poems in that collection. H.

a poem

a poem on the marriage of the Lady Anne with George Prince of Denmark.

He then took orders ; and, being made prebendary of Gloucester, became a proctor in convocation for that church, and chaplain to Queen Anne.

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In 1719, he was presented by the bishop of Winchester to the wealthy living of Witney in Oxfordshire, which he enjoyed but a few months. On February 10, 1710-11, having returned from an entertainment, he was found dead 'the next morning. His death is mentioned in Swift's Journal.




WILLIAM KING was born in London

in 1663; the son of Ezekiel King, a gentleman. He was allied to the family of Clarendon.

From Westminster-school, where he was a scholar on the foundation under the care of Dr. Busby, he was at eighteen elected to Christ-church, in 1681; where he is said to have prosecuted his studies with so much intenseness and activity, that before he was eight years standing he had read


and made remarks upon, twenty-two thousand odd hundred books and manufcripts. The books were certainly not very long, the manuscripts not very difficult, nor the remarks very large; for the calculator will find that he dispatched seven a day for every day of his eight years; with a remnant that more than satisfies most other students. He took his


degree in the most expensive manner, as a grand compounder; whence it is inferred that he inherited a considerable fortune.

In 1688, the same year in which he was made mister of arts, he published a confutation of Varill.s's account of Wicliffe ; and, engaging in the study of the Civil Lav, became doctor in 1692, and was admitted advocate at Doctors Commons.

He had already made fome translations from the French, and written fome humorous and satirical pieces; when, in 694, Molesworth published his Account of Denmark, in which he treats the Danes and their monarch with great contempt; and takes the opportunity of insinuating those wild principles, by which he supposes liberty to be established, and by which his adversaries fure pect that all subordination and government is endangered.

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This book offended Prince George; and the Danish minister presented a memorial against it. The principles of its author did pot please Dr, King; and therefore he undera


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